Pennsylvania police use this sketch to identify robbery suspect

Pennsylvania police use this sketch to identify robbery suspect

A witness-drawn police sketch helped cops find their man, although the sketch was a bit "cartoonish".

But the case isn't drawing to a conclusion just yet.

In our favourite story of the week, no, scrap that, our favourite story of the year so far, police in the USA managed to identify a suspect in a crime by using a very dodgy sketch by a witness.

It all started when a man pretending to be an employee took cash from an unattended stand inside Lancaster's Central Market at about 1:20 p.m. on January 30, Lancaster City police said.

Investigators checked Nguyen's last known home address, but he was not there.

Even though the sketch was simple and not very detailed, it was enough for one police officer who thought of the name of a potential suspect.

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However, it seems like it was all worth it in the end, with a witness recognising elements of the sketch and able to positively ID the man as 44-year-old Hung Phuoc Nguyen after being shown a range of suspect photos. The male took cash from the business and left the area on foot.

Police hunting for a suspected thief were mocked on social media after publishing a hand drawn cartoon of what he looked like.

Officials described the suspect as a short Asian or South-American man with wide cheeks and black hair.

Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, conceded that the sketch was "amateurish and cartoonish", but appreciated the effort nonetheless.

Nguyen was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking, according to court records. "That potential suspect information was passed on to Off. [Benjamin] Rothermel". People can also submit tips anonymously by texting LANCS and a message to 847411.